Santa Monica’s Barker Hangar will host the 21st annual Critics’ Choice Awards Sunday, with comedian, actress and writer Amy Schumer and George Lucas’ special-effects house Industrial Light & Magic honored during the event, the Broadcast Film Critics Association announced today.
Schumer will receive the association’s MVP Award, honoring a burgeoning career highlighted by her continuing Comedy Central series Inside Amy Schumer, which won an Emmy for sketch variety series. Schumer won a Critics Choice Television Award for best actress in a comedy series, and she was honored by the Television Critics Association with individual achievement and outstanding achievement in comedy awards.
Industrial Light & Magic, meanwhile, will receive the association’s Critics’ Choice Genius Award in recognition of its "40 years of revolutionary moviemaking that changed entertainment forever." According to the association, ILM – founded by Lucas in 1975 – is the leading special effects facility in the world, providing effects for more than 250 feature films.
The award will be presented to ILM by "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" director J.J. Abrams.